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Anchorage Municipality

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  • Day11

    ALYESKA TO ANCHORAGE

    June 4 in the United States

    This land part of the trip is not as efficient as the cruise. The speakers on the bus didn't work well yesterday, the toilets were closed on the first wee stop as they couldn't be pumped out until the spring thaw (best not to dwell on that one!) and the driver can't handle our surname so tends to pass over us on role call! The hotel is lovely but the front desk seems to make up any information they don't know, when we asked about using the bikes they told us the rental shop was open 10 am - 6 pm, in reality it is open 8 am - 8 pm! Also there was a 20 minute wait to be seated for breakfast in the dining room so we opted for the Star Bucks cafe. Our co-travellers (using the US term) are not very tolerant of poor service and are getting their dollars out of their pockets less than usual for tipping.

    We collected our cruiser bikes and set off along the bike path, passed Moose Meadow (unfortunately no moose spotted yet) into the 'town' of Girdwood. Another very small, rural town which hasn't changed in years. We went into a little cafe and observed the locals, everyone seemed on 1st name terms and we were definitely the only tourists present. There is a much higher percentage of native origin people here than in other parts of the US but 'out of season' life must be tough up here with heavy snow falls, very little day light and limited supplies etc. so only the real Alaskans are up to the challenge.

    We boarded the bus and sampled true Alaskan weather for the first time, it started to rain. Our driver had mended the PA system which proved to be a bit of a mixed blessing! He told us some bears had been scratching at the bus during the night. We only had a short journey to our first stop at Portage Glacier where we went on a boat ride out to see the glacier. One of the crew spotted a bear so we stopped to watch him on the hillside. All the bears are quite thin this time of year and very hungry as they have just come out of their winter hibernation. We had a quick food break at the visitors centre then went onto the Alaskan Wild Life Conservation Centre where injured animals are looked after. We saw black and brown bears, moose, elks, reindeer, wolves and a porcupine.

    Our journey took us along Turnagain Arm. Captain Cook was trying to find a north west trading passage and when he reached this area he kept having to turn again as there was no route through. Cook never returned to England as he was killed in Hawaii. George Vancouver was on Cook's expedition and when he returned to this area he named the bay Cook Inlet. This area has one of the biggest bore tides in the world reaching up to 10 feet.

    We arrived in Anchorage around 6 pm, it is definitely the biggest city we have seen with some smart residential areas, a few skyscrapers, parks and some shopping malls. It felt a bit like when we were in New Zealand and we arrived in Wellington and suddenly there were modern malls and shops instead of the original style settler buildings. Anchorage also is surrounded by mountains (and active volcanos!) as well as being an earthquake zone!

    We had a quick supper then went on the trolley bus tour. Like many other towns Gold played a part in the first settlers coming here, followed by the construction of the rail road, then the military were posted here and finally the discovery of oil caused another influx of people. In 1964 Anchorage was hit by a 9.2 earthquake which lasted over 4 minutes and land dropped by several feet in parts of the town. A significant rebuilding programme was required. Our tour guide pointed out where the earthquake hit, we visited Earthquake park where houses were buried. We saw the old railway station, Captain Cook's statue, the meadow area where the urban moose are often seen, the lake where the floatplanes take off and the land planes runway which crosses the road!
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  • Day3

    Anchorage, the Dimond Centre

    August 15, 2017 in the United States

    Our Hotel is located in the Dimond Centre. It's where all the locals shop with lots of services and outlets nearby. The city is a sprawling western style with low rise buildings spread out among really wide streets and massive car parks. Most people up here drive pickups or big SUV's. The mountains to the east are fairly close and create a jagged skyline. The path of the sun during the day is really different here. At noon, the sun was nowhere near overhead.

    The Dimond Centre is an extensive shopping mall on multiple levels. At the bottom level is an ice skating rink where they play hockey, and a bowling alley flanked by eateries. All the mall buildings are linked and obviously heated throughout.

    This afternoon, we explored Walmart next door. The security guard out front has got to have the best view of most Walmarts. It's been a recovery day and ended with a drink in the hotel's bar chatting with a Canadian who is working for a company involved in grocery retail. He lives in a village of 400 Inuit people, flies around Alaska with bush pilots.
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  • Day5

    Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre

    August 17, 2017 in the United States

    We are the first tour to stop at this conservation centre for Alaskan wildlife. Here animals are rehabilitated. It's set along the Turnagain Arm near Potter Marsh. We get up close and personal with grizzly bears, black bears, caribou, wolves, moose, musk ox and reindeer. It's amazing how close we can get.

  • Day4

    Natural History at the Federal Building

    August 16, 2017 in the United States

    Had to go through security to get into the Federal Building to get to the natural history museum. A good visual collection of Alaskan fauna and lots of info and advice about venturing in the wilderness. Amazed by the size of Wolves and the nastiness of the wolverine. Also amazed by the Puffin skull, the actual skull is smaller than the beak.

  • Day5

    Whittier and the Tunnel.

    August 17, 2017 in the United States

    The mountain tunnel to Whittier was built in 1942. It is a single lane tunnel, 2.5 miles long, that is shared with the railway. Trains get priority in the tunnel. The timing at the tunnel is crucial or you'd have a really long wait. Southbound vehicles (to Whittier) can proceed on the half hour; northbound vehicles (to Anchorage) on the hour. There's a long line of vehicles which are handled in priority order. Vehicles are well spaced and can only proceed under direction and at a 25 mph speed limit.

    Whittier is a small fishing town at the end of Prince William Sound. Temperatures and winds are extreme. 95% of the 400 permanent population live in a single building which has all the services. The school is linked to this building via underground tunnel.
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  • Day5

    Turnagain Arm

    August 17, 2017 in the United States

    Named by Capt James Cook, this arm of the body of water near Anchorage, was thought to be a river. Cook followed it looking for a way to the North West Passage. The arm has huge tidal change 4 times per day. It's the second largest tide difference in the world with a 38 foot difference between high and low tides. The arm is filled with grey glacial silt that is very fine and sticky like quicksand.

    We follow the Arm and Portage Lake past high, snowy mountains and lush pine forests. Several small glaciers hug the mountain cirques and valleys, the blue glacial ice is very apparent.
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  • Day4

    Anchorage and the Museum

    August 16, 2017 in the United States

    This morning we rode the People Mover from the Dimond Centre into the city terminus. It took around 25 minutes. We had a bonus......Wednesday is Seniors Free-to-ride day. The drivers are so patient and the buses are totally wheelchair enabled. On regular days, the fare is $2/ride or $5 all day and if you're a senior it is $1. Needless to say, the transit is well used.

    Shopping is centred around the 5th Ave Mall. Multiple levels across multiple blocks with enclosed bridges across the roads. All the main stores are here - well known US brands like Nordstrom and JC Penney, along with the international brands like Sephora, Pandora etc.

    Over 4 levels, the Anchorage Museum has a lot to offer. The top 2 levels are temporary exhibits; the 2nd level is a partnership with the Smithsonian in an exhibit called "I am Inuit"; and the lower level is given over to discovery and education; with a look into the conservation area close up.

    Level 4 had a temporary exhibit about Slow TV. An interesting concept where you can watch things that evolve slowly in order to reduce the stress of modern life. Yes, it is Scandinavian in origin, from Norway, but it has been picked up by Netflix. You can watch a crackling open fire, take a train ride in real time, watch an icebreaker cut a path through sea ice etc.

    Level 3's exhibit dealt with the relationship between Alaska and Russia, historically and present day. Purchased for US$7.2 million in 1867, the cheque is on display and official document. Maps show the border, International Date Line, between the Diomede Islands. Big Diomede is part of Siberia and Little Diomede is Alaska. An interesting contrast was the Russian and US depictions of Santa Claus. We checked out the nesting dolls and an interesting one was all the US presidents alongside their Russian counterparts in the nesting doll format. Some space was taken up about the role of dogs in both countries particularly in exploration both on the ice and in space.

    Level 2 is the "I am an Inuit" exhibition. A very interesting look at the culture and artefacts of Inuit tribes of Alaska. Of particular note, we had never seen the Gut Parka made from the intestines of captured animals. It's waterproof and light, the Inuit version of a spray jacket. It amazes us how many commonalities there are between the Inuit and the Asian cultures like Mongolia. The last pic is a set of Inuit armour, which we had never seen before.

    The lower level was a discovery and education space which was a great way interactive space for kids. Windows give an easy look into the conservator's domain. Currently, they were working on leather garments.
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  • Day20

    Anchorage

    September 21, 2016 in the United States

    Heute kam dann der bekloppte Teil der Reise dran. Ich treffe eine Dame, die ich vor über einem Jahr mal in Langen am Bahnhof getroffen habe. Keine Ahnung ob sie sich noch erinnert. Keine Ahnung ob sie überhaupt da ist.
    Mit dem Taxi bin ich dann zu der Adresse gefahren, die auf der Visitenkarte stand. Da keine Klingel an der Tür war und ich nicht einfach reinwollte (bin ja in Amerika, die schießen gerne mal) hat der Taxifahrer die Telefonnummer angerufen. Es stellte sich heraus, dass die Adresse nicht mehr stimmte und die Dame vor ein paar Monaten ein paar hundert Meter weiter gezogen ist. Also wir dahin gefahren und da stand sie dann auch schon vor der Tür.
    Im ersten Moment wusste sie nicht wer ich bin. Aber als ich ihr dann die Geschichte erzählte, war sie extrem überrascht und fand das total lustig. Sie hat mich dann zu Original Alaska Kaffee eingeladen (ich bin total überdreht, so stark ist der) und wir haben uns lustig unterhalten.
    Zum Mittagessen waren wir in der Midnight Sun Brewing Company, eine kleine lustige Brauerei.
    Danach ging es dann noch auf einen Berg zu einem Aussichtspunkt, von dem man einen guten Blick auf Anchorage hat. Leider war es extrem windig, so dass wir nicht lange geblieben sind.
    Auf dem Rückweg sind wir dann noch an einer Crime Scene vorbeigefahren. Keine Ahnung was da passiert ist, aber es waren ca. 20 Polizeiautos, ein SWAT Team, Feuerwehr und Fernsehsender da. Scheint wohl was größeres gewesen zu sein.
    Sie hat mich dann Downtown irgendwo abgesetzt, wo ich noch ein bisschen rumgelaufen bin und im Hard Rock Café war. Danach noch eine kurze Sightseeing Touristen Bus Tour. Und das war dann auch schon alles für den Tag. Lustig war es.
    Und dann ist das ganze auch schon wieder vorbei. Der ganze Trip war echt schön. Es war cool meine Freunde Ines, Nacho und Gerardo in Thailand getroffen zu haben. Leider wird es viel zu lange dauern bis ich sie wieder sehe.
    Kanada war der Hammer. So viel schöne Landschaft, einfach nur cool. Leider (oder besser Gott sei dank) hab ich keine Bären gesehen. Aber ich war ja auch in Australien und hab keine Koalas gesehen.
    Alaska war dann der verrückt lustige komische Abschluss des ganze.
    Morgen gehts dann zurück nach Hause bzw. erst noch nach Reykjavik. Mal schauen wie es da wird.
    Alles in allem hat alles so geklappt wie ich es geplant habe. Das Wetter hat mitgespielt, da bin ich mehr als glücklich drüber. Mit Regen hätte das alles weniger wenn nicht sogar gar keinen Spaß gemacht.

    Nachtrag: hier der Link zu der Crime Scene, an der wir vorbei gefahren sind, als wir von dem Aussichtspunkt zurückgekommen sind:

    http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2016/09/21/public-asked-to-avoid-hillside-neighborhood-following-report-of-shots-fired-at-work-crew/

    Gut, dass ich bei der ersten Adresse nicht einfach die Tür aufgemacht hab. So nett die Amerikaner ja sein können, aber das mit den Waffen werd ich nie verstehen... Aber ich muss ja nicht alles verstehen.
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  • Day19

    Welcome to Alaska

    September 20, 2016 in the United States

    So, die nun vorletzte Station auf dieser Tour ist Anchorage, Alaska. Da ich relativ spät angekommen bin konnte ich mir noch nichts angucken. Bin nur noch kurz was essen gewesen und hab was fürs Frühstück und zu trinken gekauft. Morgen versuche ich dann mal die Dame zu besuchen, die ich letztes Jahr in Langen am Bahnhof getroffen habe. Danach dann noch kurz ins Hard Rock Cafe und vielleichg noch eine Stadtrundfahrt. Das sollte dann auch reichen.
    Ich hatte kurz überlegt ein Auto zu mieten. Habs dann doch nicht gemacht und mich dazu entschieden mit Taxis zu fahren. Wird wohl auch funktionieren.
    Das Hotel wo ich bin ist ganz ok. Nichts besonderes, aber sauber und ok.
    Was ich bis jetzt von der Stadt halten soll, weiß ich noch nicht. Ein paar seltsame Typen sind mir schon über den Weg gelaufen. Ich war grad auf meinem Zimmer, da klingelte das Telefon. Ich bin dann dran gegangen und mein Gesprächspartner sagte, er wolle ein Taxi bestellen. Ich sagte, ich könne ihm nicht helfen, da ich kein Taxi bin. Das Gespräch ging dann wie folgt weiter:
    Der andere: "Hm, I wanna order a Taxi. Hm, do you wanna party?"
    Ich: "No"
    Der andere: "Do you wanna have a smoke?"
    Ich: "No"
    Der andere: "Do you wanna go out?"
    Ich: "No"
    Der andere: "Ok, I leave you alone"
    Aufgelegt.
    Zehn Sekunden später klingelt das Telefon. Ich geh dran. "Hey who's there? I wanna order a taxi". Der gleiche Typ wieder. Die gleiche Diskussion, das gleiche Ergebnis.
    Seitdem ist das Telefon aber still. Hat wohl doch noch ein Taxi bekommen...
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  • Day13

    On the move

    May 19 in the United States

    Left Ninilchik village at 5 am headed north, gonna stop in birch wood and help a friend with putting his new cub crafters cub together and then I will continue north for a total of about 400 miles, I may freeze winter still has a healthy grip on things at the moment was 38 when I left cabin. U can see in pics lakes in hills are still partially frozen , hopefully they will b open in spots at Denali catching a grayling is high on the list of things to accomplish while gone. I should arrive at Riley creek campground in Denali National Park on Tuesday, they are clearing the roads but are well behind standard opening date of may 15, The pic of lake with grass mound was a stop I made to see if a pair of swans still nested there, they were there all the time we lived here, swans mate for life , they are still there.Read more

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Anchorage Municipality, Municipalité d'Anchorage

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